Kentucky’s Teacher of the Year Advocates for the Need for School Librarians

Eighth graders Skype with author Jeremy Schaap, Author of Cinderella Man

There is a  2012 Teacher of the Year in Kentucky who “gets it.” And, she expresses well what students need to do to be successful meeting the Common Core standards, tying them closely to what it is that school librarians do. She does so in an article that can be sent to every superintendent, shared […]

“Big ALA” and the new School Library Resolution

"Big ALA" rallies LOUDLY on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 2010

“Big ALA” will be focused on school librarians even more after the 2012 Annual Conference recently held in Anaheim. We need it. So many school librarians want to join AASL or other divisions without paying dues that include the parent organization,  “Big ALA.”  I personally joined ALA and AASL as a new school librarian because […]

MARC Records as an Advocacy Strategy: My AASL “Advocacy Tip of the Day”

Teacher enjoying the library coffee

Teachers drift in and out of my office all day for the $.25 freshly ground coffee, “real” and decaffeinated. I sometimes sit at my desk with a pile of new materials, entering them into my automated catalog. Suddenly it hits me. We talk about school and life, give each other advice, plan collaborative projects (the […]

NLLD or VLLD: Time to “Take Action”

NLLD/VLLD

I am on my first train to get from Albany, NY to Washington, DC on a grey, chilly Sunday morning as part of the New York Library Association (NYLA)’s delegation. We will participate in the American Library Association’s National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) on Tuesday, April 24th.  I am fairly sure I will be the […]

Become an E-Activist Now!

With Sen. Jack Reed and then President Camila Alire at the 2008 NLLD

What?!?! President Obama’s budget threw the Improving Literacy through School Libraries funds into one big literacy pot? It was JUST funded by Congress after two years of zero funding and now our chances of competing with the five other literacy programs get lower and lower. There is so much to be done! Time to throw […]

Budget Time: What Is Your “Big Splash” this Month?

Reading in Study Hall has its reward

What is the local newspaper article headline for the event that will happen in your library in the next 30 days? “School Library Catches Students Reading” or “New Nooks Ready To Circulate in the School Library” may be ours. March 6th there is a school board meeting in my school district at which the budget […]